April 09, 2020

About the author

Tae-il Shim

Tae-il Shim is a pseudonym for a North Korean defector writer. He left the DPRK in 2018, and now resides in South Korea.

More articles by 'Tae-il Shim'

Ask a North Korean: What is the 'songbun' system like under Kim Jong Un?

"The songbun system exists in name only for many"

Tae-il Shim September 5, 2019

Ask a North Korean: smuggling goods and helping escapees across the Yalu River

"God, please help me live. Help me not get washed away by the force of the current...."

Tae-il Shim August 21, 2019

Ask a North Korean: introducing the "Smuggler Kingpin" of Hyesan

The story of our second new contributor, from starving taekwondo teacher to TV smuggler

Tae-il Shim August 2, 2019